Packing Checklist and Tips
Travel Packing Checklist from Going In Style is a comprehensive checklist of everything you will need to do and pack for your trip. Personal items, toiletries, clothing, first aid kit and more, are all included in this packing checklist.
- Passport(s), Visa(s) & Photo ID(s)
- Health & Vaccination Documents
- Medical Insurance Information
- Emergency Contact Information
- Tickets / Itinerary / Hotel Info
- Frequent Flyer Cards
- Travelers Checks
- Cash & Foreign Currency
- Credit Cards & ATM Cards
- Telephone Calling Card
- Trip Cancellation Insurance
- Copies of Passport & Tickets
- Advise Credit Card Company of trip
- Stop Newspapers & Deliveries
- Post Office to Hold Mail
- Plan Care for Lawn, Plants & Pets
- Set Up a Timed Lighting System
- Leave Trip Itinerary & Copy of Passport with Friend or Neighbor
- Eliminate Possible Fire Hazards (unplug appliances, etcetera)
- Adjust Thermostat & Water Heater
- Store Valuables in Safe Place
- Lock all Windows & Doors
- Reconfirm Schedule with Airlines
- Sewing Kit & Eyeglass Repair Kit
- Travel Iron / Steamer
- Sink Stopper & Inflatable Hangers
- Detergent / Woolite
- Clothesline & Clothespins
- Spot / Stain Remover
- Laundry Bag
- Wrinkle Free – Clothing Care
SAFETY and SECURITY
- Travel Locks - REG & TSA
- Cable Locks for Backpacks, etc
- Security Belts / Wallets
- Luggage Straps – Colorful
- Luggage Tags – Colorful
- Flashlight / Flashcard & Whistle
- Jewelry Bags
- Portable Door Lock
- Night Light & Smoke Alarm
PERSONAL ITEMS & TOILETRIES
- Eyeglasses / Contacts & Eye Drops
- Razor & Shaving Oil / Cream
- Electric Shaver
- Hair Brush / Comb & Hair Spray
- Toothbrush & Toothpaste
- Dental Floss / Water Pik
- Deodorant & Mouthwash
- Soap & Shampoo, etc
- Skin Care Lotion & Creams
- Cosmetics & Make-Up Remover
- Travel Mirror & Manicure Kit
- Hair Dryer & Hair Curlers
- Curling Iron & Curling Iron Cover
- Microfiber Body & Hair Towels
- Travel Bottles & Containers
- Facial Tissues & Bath Tissues
- Small Mesh Bags / Zip Lock Bags
- Perfume & Atomizer
CLOTHING for MEN and WOMEN
- Packing Cubes & Folders
- Shirts or Blouses
- Pants or Slacks
- Skirts & Casual Dresses
- Shorts & T-Shirts
- Jacket & Windbreaker
- Sweater, Vest & Sweatshirt
- Evening Gown / Tuxedo
- Dress / Sport Coat, Tie & Slacks
- Dress Shoes
- Travel Slippers
- Walking Shoes & Sandals
- Shoe Carrier & Shoe Bags
- Travel Socks
- Swim Suit
- Gloves & Belts
- Insect Repellent Clothing
- Sun Hat / Sun Visor / Sunglasses
- Scarf & Bandanna
- Underwear & Hosiery
- Nightwear & Robe
- Rain Hat & Umbrella
- Raincoat & Rain Drizzle Boots
- Maps & Guidebooks
- Luggage & Backpack
- Phrase Books / Translators
- Travel Pillow
- Travel Seat Cushion
- Eyeshades & Earplugs
- Camera, Batteries & Tripod
- Travel Alarm Clock
- Expandable Shopping Bag
- Notebook / Travel Journal
- Pens & Address Book
- Water Bottle Carrier & Flask
- Coffee Maker & Water Heater
- DVT Flight Support Socks
- PDA, Laptop & Accessories
- Cell Phone & Charger
- Extra Batteries for all Electronics
- Adapters & Converters
- Travel Radio / MP3 Player
- Compass, GPS & Pedometer
- Binoculars & Altimeter
- Noise Canceling Headphones
- Ear Planes for Air Pressure
- Mini Fan – Battery Operated
- Reading Material & Booklight
- Snacks for the Airplane
- Travel Games & Playing Cards
- Cosmetic & Toiletry Bag
- Pill Case & Medical Kit
- Portable Picnic Kit & Utensils
- Travel Sheet Sack & Pillowcase
- Lightweight Travel Blanket
- Folding Cane / Walking Stick
- Aspirin / Pain Reliever & Antacids
- Personal Prescriptions with Labels
- Insect Repellent & Malaria Pills
- Motion Sickness Pills / Sea Bands
- Sunscreen & Lip Balm
- Diarrhea / Laxative Medicine
- Water Purifier / Tablets
- Cups – Folding / Collapsible
- Antibacterial Towlettes
- Hand Sanitizer
- Band-Aids & Moleskin
- Antibiotic Cream / Neosporin
- Air Purifier
- No Jet-Lag Pills
- Evian Spray & Sanitaire Spray
- First Aid Kit
Packing Tips And Tricks
- Start with where you are going, for how long and the itinerary
- Be aware of the weather, make use of items that can be worn in multiple ways and think comfort if a lot walking is included in your plans. Layers are great, it's usually a good idea to have some sort of light jacket or sweater.
- Work off a travel packing checklist
- Pack everything you need with our comprehensive travel checklist. This handy little gem will ensure you don't leave home thinking you forgot to pack something. It also includes pre-departure tasks as well as a home checklist!
- Think lightweight travel
- Twenty pounds can be plenty to carry. Get a luggage scale and weigh your luggage before you leave. TIP: lay out everything you think you need to take then only pack half of it and leave the rest behind.
- Use a simple formula
- Pack three tops for every bottom. Usually your bottoms take up more room and can easily be worn multiple times. Start with your staples and add shirts to compliment them.
- Start with a base of neutral colors
- Start your wardrobe with neutrals such as black and tan then build on them with a a couple of fun colors to coordinate. Go for lighter tones in warmer climates and darker for cooler ones.
- Make use of packing aids
- Packing aids are your friends. They are awesome space savers and keep you organized!
- Roll it
- Rolling your clothes will help reduce wrinkles and also takes up less space in your luggage. TIP: roll your tees and heaver shirts together, lay the tee on top and roll it inside the heavier shirt.
- Heavy items on the bottom
- Line the bottom of your luggage with your shoes, pants, bulky sweaters and heavier items. TIP: women's shoes can often be packed inside a man's to save space.
3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3.4 ounce bottle or less; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. One-quart bag per person limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring. 3.4 oz. container size is a security measure.
Consolidate bottles into one bag and X-ray separately to speed screening.
Be prepared. Each time TSA searches a carry-on it slows down the line. Practicing 3-1-1 will ensure a faster and easier checkpoint experience.
3-1-1 is for short trips. If in doubt, put your liquids in checked luggage.
Declare larger liquids. Medications, baby formula and food, breast milk, and juice are allowed in reasonable quantities exceeding three ounces and are not required to be in the zip-top bag. Declare these items for inspection at the checkpoint.
Come early and be patient. Heavy travel volumes and the enhanced security process may mean longer lines at security checkpoints.
TSA working with our partners. TSA works with airlines and airports to anticipate peak traffic and be ready for the traveling public.
Acceptable Identification at check out include:
- U.S. passport
- U.S. passport card
- DHS "Trusted Traveler" cards (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST)
- U.S. Military ID (active duty or retired military and their dependents, and DOD civilians)
- Permanent Resident Card
- Border Crossing Card
- DHS-designated enhanced driver's license
- Drivers Licenses or other state photo identity cards issued by Department of Motor Vehicles (or equivalent)
- A Native American Tribal Photo ID
- An airline or airport-issued ID (if issued under a TSA-approved security plan)
- A foreign government-issued passport
- Canadian provincial driver's license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) card
- Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
TSA Prohibited Sharp Items:
Box Cutters: Carry-on: No Checked: Yes
Ice Axes/Ice Picks: Carry-on: No Checked: Yes
Knives – except for plastic or round bladed butter knives: Carry-on: No Checked: Yes
Meat Cleavers: Carry-on: No Checked: Yes
Razor-Type Blades – such as box cutters, utility knives, and safety razor blades (disposable razors and their cartridges are permitted): Carry-on: No Checked: Yes
Sabers: Carry-on: No Checked: Yes
Scissors – metal with pointed tips and blades shorter than four inches: Carry-on: Yes Checked: Yes
Swords – cutting or thrusting weapons, including fencing foils: Carry-on: No Checked: Yes
NOTE: Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.
For the full list of prohibited items go to the TSA Travel Website.
MyTSA Mobile Application Now Available
MyTSA has multiple functions, including the following tools:
- Airport Status: Users can see what airports are experiencing general delays (not flight specific) or search for conditions at a specific airport. This information is provided by the FAA.
- ‘Can I Bring?’: Users can type in an item they plan to bring on a trip to find out if it is permitted or prohibited, and whether they can pack it in carry-on or checked bags.
- Guide: Users can get travel tips on an array of some of the most popular topics of air travel, including traveling with children, 3-1-1 rules for liquids, gels and aerosols, special medical needs, packing tips, tips for how to dress for airport security, tips for military members, and traveling with food and gifts.
- Security wait times: MyTSA gives passengers the ability to share their wait time and see what wait times other passengers have posted for U.S. airports.
- Wait Times: Passengers can also post the approximate amount of time it took them to get through security for other travelers to view.
To get MyTSA on your mobile device, type in www.tsa.gov/mobile.
You can find the MyTSA iPhone app on iTunes.
For any additional, up-to-date information with TSA, please visit their website: www.tsa.gov